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Jackie Radford is a papermaker and book binder working in her studio near Charlotte, NC. Radford’s work is heavily influenced by the texture and sensory nature of the materials she works with — she needs to feel them as much as see them. During the COVID pandemic, she immersed herself in making paper with pure cotton rag, pulling over 5,000 sheets of handmade paper. The slow, meditative practice of paper making provided an anchor during the turbulence of a Global Pandemic, and she is now busy trying to keep up with orders on Etsy. Enjoy our conversation!
Radford works indoors and outdoors in her North Carolina studio, and she was able to purchase this Critter Beater, built by Mark Lander in New Zealand, with a grant from the North Carolina Council for the Arts.
She creates small sheets that she sells in her Etsy shop, along with hand bound books and journals.
Jackie Radford’s recommendations:
- Shanna Leino’s metal bonefolder (Radford got hers at Penland).
- She uses an old Amazon gift card to release the pulp from the edges of the mould before she removes the mould and couches.
- She uses 5/8″ square PVC lengths to make her moulds and deckles.
- Precision tweezers from Harbor Freight.
- Here’s where she got her hedgehog waterproof apron.
Music featuring excerpts of Makin’ Paper folk song by Peter Thomas. Listen to the full song and find out about other paper and book arts folk songs.
Gary A. Hanson did the sound editing for this episode. He practices and refines his skills in audio production while making his own podcast I’ll Have a Beer and Talk, a show about tech news, culture, weird animal stories and of course, beer. Gary is also the Deckle in Pulp & Deckle, a Portland-based community hand papermaking studio.